SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Assembly has voted to raise fees on phones to pay for an upgrade of the state’s 911 system.
It’s estimated to total about 34 cents on each bill and includes landlines and cellphones.READ MORE: 81 Pounds Of Meth, 11 Pounds Of Fentanyl Tablets Found After CHP Pulls Over Speeding Car
Republican Assemblyman Jay Obernolte says lawmakers should use some of the state’s budget surplus to pay for improving 911 services instead of raising fees.READ MORE: Gov. Newsom Pushes Full California Public School Reopening by Fall As Many Districts Resist
Democratic Assemblywoman Christy Smith countered that while the state always has emergencies, it does not always have a surplus. She says 911 services need a reliable stream of funding.
Three Democrats in competitive districts voted against the fee. They are Assemblywomen Sharon Quirk-Silva and Cottie Petrie-Norris and Assemblyman Rudy Salas.MORE NEWS: Prosecutor: Kristin Smart Was Killed During 1996 Rape Attempt
Quirk-Silva’s district overlaps with an Orange County Senate district where a lawmaker was recalled last year for passing a tax increase.